In these days of economic crisis, there is good news for couples contemplating marriage – they can begin their new life together by saving $60 on their marriage license.

How?

By attending a free marriage and relationship workshop to be held from 8:45 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Alvarado Public Library, 210 Baugh St., Alvarado.

Facilitators of the eight-hour session are Bob and Barbara Zielinski, executive directors of Marriage Management Consultants.

The eight-hour session will include skills-based communication, conflict resolution skills, a healthy marriage and more. Free lunch and workbooks are included.

The Zielinskis have been involved in marriage enrichment programs for 36 years and have traveled throughout the United States and three countries conducting marriage workshops. They spent one year overseas, serving under the auspices of Chaplains Corps, conducting workshops at different military bases and units.

Zielinski cites communication as the greatest problem in marriage relationships.

“Of course, there are many other reasons why marriages break up,” he said. “But the underlying cause to all of them can be traced back to the lack of communication in the marriage.”

He said marriage relationships have to be maintained because of significant changes in life.

“We tend to change when our jobs change or when a baby comes along – all of these changes causes us to change,” he said. “That’s why we need communication skills.”

The Texas program was created because of state lawmakers’ concern about failing marriages.

“Family breakups are the No. 1 factor that pushes women and children into poverty,” Zielinski said. “A mandate has been handed down from the federal government which provides funds through the TANF (Texas Assistance for Needy Families) and 1 percent of the funds are made available for the Twogether in Texas program.”

The Zielinskis are directors of Healthy Marriage Coalition for Tarrant County and official providers for Twogether in Texas.

To register for the seminar, call 903-874-6077 or register online at www.marriagemanagement.org.